“I was happy with how Alicia threw for us,” Van Buren head softball coach Eric Speer said. “I just wanted to see how it Taylor was progressing. She threw it alright, but there was some pain.”
No matter who was throwing for Van Buren, the Warriors provided plenty of support at the plate. Hanna Haynes had three hits, including a double and a triple with two RBI and three runs while Jordan Billups hammered a homer, drove in three runs and scored three times as well.
“The seniors really stepped up. They were 9-14 combined,” Speer said. “The middle of our lineup really produced. We’re tough to beat when they hit like that.”
Van Buren (5-7, 2-6) heads to Central Lee tonight for an SEISC South doubleheader.
Van Buren 13, Harmony 1 (5)
Van Buren 5 4 1 0 3 — 13 12 0
Harmony 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 1 3
Van Buren battery — Taylor Marguia (1 1/3IP, R, ER, K, 4BB) and Alicia Fitzsimmons (W) (3 2/3IP, H, 2K, BB), Jesse Cassens catching.
2B — Kadie Meek, Hanna Haynes, Jansen Heckenberg, Abby Ryder.
3B — Haynes, Payten Hughes, Ryder.
HR — Jordan Billups.
Hits — Haynes 3-4, Billups 2-3, Hughes 2-3, Ryder 2-4, Heckenberg 2-4, Meek 1-4.
RBI — Billups 3, Ryder 3, Haynes 2, Hughes 2, Heckenberg 2.
Runs — Billups 3, Haynes 3, Hughes 3, Libby King, Meek, Ryder, Sarah Wells.
suffers first loss
OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa JV red softball team suffered its first loss of the season on Monday, splitting a doubleheader at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Ottumwa JV Red won game won over the J-Hawks 6-0 behind a two-hit shutout thrown by Kristen Mincks, which included four strikeouts and a walk. Caroline Carlson had a double and drove in three runs in the opener for Ottumwa while Mallary Simmer doubled and drove in another run in the win.
Game two, however, did not go the Bulldogs’ way as Jefferson scored a 9-1 win over Ottumwa. Mackenzie Sheehan suffered the loss, falling to 12-1, allowing nine hits over six innings while walking seven J-Hawk batters as the Bulldogs fell for the first time in 17 games.